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Eduardo Dantas vs Leandro Higo new Bellator 177 main event with Darrion Caldwell injured

Eduardo Dantas vs. Leandro Higo at Bellator 177
Eduardo Dantas vs. Leandro Higo
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Bellator 177: “Dantas vs. Higo” heads to Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, on Apr. 14, 2017; however, it heads there without the services of star Bantamweight fighter Darrion Caldwell. Indeed, Bellator MMA confirmed that Caldwell (10-1) withdrew from the main event with an undisclosed injury, foregoing his title shot against 135-pound champion Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas (19-4) in the process.

That left a huge opening in the Spike TV-televised card, which Leandro Higo (17-2) has stepped up to fill. He’s the latest Bellator fighter to carry the “Pitbull” nickname, but The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Brazil” veteran brings with him an eight-fight win streak, including three victories in Resurrection Fighting Alliance and one in the main event of Legacy Fighting this January against Steven Peterson.

Higo hails from Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and presents a unique answer to the speed advantage Dantas normally holds over his opponents with finishes in 77 percent of his wins, including 10 by submission (59 percent). Dantas will not be fazed, though, as he’s never been submitted and only knocked out once in his entire career.

Check out the revised Bellator 177 fight card below:

Bellator 177 "Dantas vs. Higo" Main Card (Spike TV):

Bantamweight: Eduardo Dantas (19-4) vs. Leandro Higo (17-2)
Featherweight: Daniel Weichel (38-9) vs. John "Macapa" Teixeira (21-1-2)
Flyweight: Lena Ovchynnikova (11-4) vs. Helen Harper (4-1)
Featherweight: Anthony Taylor (1-2) vs. Adam Borics (5-0)

Bellator 177 "Prelims" Card (Unaired):

Featherweight: Brian Moore (9-5) vs. Ludovit Klein (6-0)
Lightweight: Mate Kertesz (3-0) vs. Adam Polgar (10-8)

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